New Professionals Institute


who should attend?

Why not get a head start or adjust your current practices to ensure a successful start to your career? 

Whether an undergraduate, new professional in higher education, new professional in the workplace (six years or less) or job searching, the New Professionals Institute (NPI) is a series of topics relevant to making the adjustment from student to professional, and developing understandings and tools for enhanced professionalism.

there's more

In addition to the enormous quality of programming offered in the NPI, participants will also receive the following:

  • Professional Photo for use on social media

  • Resume review

  • eCredential specific to the NPI for placement on social media


thursday, november 1, 2018

Noon – 1 PM:  Registration
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session One:  Institute Welcome & Financial Literacy
Presenters:  Panel of Financial Advisors

Money. Money. Money.   Do you have way too much of it and don’t know where to invest it?  Most likely, as a new professional (or soon to be one), you struggle with understanding how a 401K works, what kinds of financial questions are appropriate in an interview and struggle to find a debt free future. 

The NPI kicks off with a challenging topic because money, investing, debt, credit and salary negotiation, are rarely taught, and therefore, rarely learned early enough where it can be helpful in changing the course of your financial future.

Preceding the panel will be a brief welcome, distribution of materials and a review of new professional competencies – including financial literacy.  NPI attendees will be asked to turn in a resume and complete a brief competency assessment PRIOR to the conference.

Description of the panelist will go here, so check in again for more details.


5:00 PM - 8:00 PM:   Lead365 Conference Opening Session and Programs

Throughout the entire conference sessions specific to new professionals will be identified by NP and are open to all conference participants.  When indicated by NPI ONLY, these programs are for institute participants only. 


friday, november 2, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Session Two:  Ten True Workplace Success Strategies

You did not just say that!  Or did you?  Ever wonder what most bosses wish their young professionals understood from their first day on the job?  Employers who supervise, hire and fire college graduates and professionals will share the Do’s and Don’ts of being a new professional. 

From the significance of picking up the phone to doing what it takes to advance (if you want to advance), this honest disclosure by those in the know, will give you much to consider.

Description of panelist will be listed here... come back and see!


saturday, november 3, 2018

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM  (Lead365 National Conference concludes at 3:30 PM)
Session Three:  The Realities of Getting a Job That Fits (and Keeping It)

Presenter:  Mr. Danny Rubin, News to Live By

Back by popular demand, author and career expert Danny Rubin, shares strategies and good practices on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • How to write an effective cover letter
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Defining your employee profile and “story"
  • Using Internet searches to your advantage
  • Correspondence and social media postings that can get your fired


sunday, november 4, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session Four:  Starting with the End in Mind

Presenters:  Dr. Jermaine Davis and Nancy Hunter Denney 

Do you know?  Really know where you want to be in five years, ten years or even next year?  Whether a career bound undergraduate, graduate student, new professional (six years working or less) this intensive session gets personal and asks the tough questions, offers perspective and will leave you more equipped to make decisions about your future.  Dr. Jermaine Davis and Nancy Hunter Denney bring diversified experiences and expertise.  Ms. Denney offers 35 years of experience ranging from being a student affairs professional to an entrepreneur.  Dr. Davis began his career in corporate America, transitioned to teaching, writing and speaking. Conversations and considerations around being your own boss, navigating the work place and being a Millennial or Gen Zer in an environment with three older generations who just don't "get you."  Casual attire (shorts and flip flops) is most appropriate on this "plus one" last day.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify communication and leadership blind spots
  • Identify and manage the Four Fears using the SWOT Approach
  • Build a leadership and career brand that’s congruent with your value system and passions
  • Map out a career strategy based upon your assessed competency strengths, life style preferences and other significant criteria
  • Identify a growth strategy for professional and career mobility
  • Acknowledgement of self-care practices via assessments and impact on career choice


there's more

In addition to the enormous quality of programming offered in the NPI, participants will also receive the following:

  • Professional Photo for use on social media
  • Resume review
  • eCredential specific to the NPI for placement on social media